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To kill a Mocking Bird - Revision Questions Question 1 - Say what you know about the Cunninghams: The Cunningham family does not play a major role in the novel but in their brief appearances, the way they are viewed by others shows us a lot about the other characters. The first mention of the Cunninghams comes in chapter 1 where Scout describes a rumoured legend of a gang in Maycomb's history formed by the Radleys and The Cunninghams. From here we know the Cunninghams are negatively viewed by the society of Maycomb: " Nobody in Maycomb had nerve to tell Mr. Radley that his boy was in with the wrong crowd." The Cunninghams are referred to as "the wrong crowd" showing that they are given an even lower status than the Radleys. After this minor encounter with the family, they are not mentioned again until Scout begins school in chapter 2. Walter Cunningham is brought to our attention when the schoolteacher asks him where his lunch is and, then offers him some money to buy some. Scout, thinking she is doing Walter a favour, makes an attempt to explain why Walter doesn't want Miss Caroline's money, "Walter's one of the Cunninghams, Miss Caroline. they never take anything of anybody that they can't pay back''. Scout recalls a story of how the Cunninghams paid back Atticus with whatever they could get - showing they have pride in themselves and aren't prepared to live off others. ...read more.


Later in the day Atticus helps her to understand the mistakes she made by explaining she must understand things from Miss Caroline's point of view "you never understand until you consider things from his point of view" Scout also learns another important lesson from the Walter Cunningham incident. When Jem invites Walter home for dinner, Scout mocks him for pouring syrup on her meat. This prompts Calpurnia to tell her off severely for being "so high and mighty". Therefore the last important lesson learned is to treat people as equal. Question 3 - Write an account of the episode involving Tim Robinson, the mad dog. What do you learn about Atticus' character from this episode? In chapter 10 a minor incident, involving a mad dog occurs and as a result a new side of Atticus' personality surfaces. Tim Johnson, the mad dog, is first spotted by Jem while he and Scout were trying out their new air rifles. Jem is immediately wary of the situation and senses there is something wrong with the dog. He warns Calpurnia who comes out to take an opinion on the situation. After viewing the animal herself she is alarmed and rings Atticus followed by the remaining members of Maycomb. Everyone in the street goes inside while Atticus and the Sheriff, Mr. Heck Tate, return home from work. The Sheriff has his gun ready and they wait for the mad dog to get closer. ...read more.


"Jem and I hated her" All early descriptions of her are derogatory, "Wrathful gaze," "ruthless interrogation" "she was vicious" She often makes prejudice comments and doesn't agree with Atticus defending a Negro and calls him a "nigger - lover". Despite these rude remarks, on one occasion Atticus describes her as "the bravest person I knew" It is not immediately obvious what he sees in the women but if one looks beyond her vicious front a sick and kindly lady can be perceived. She doesn't present many signs of her true feelings so in the children's eyes she is seen only as a hurtful, abusive lady. Atticus, however, looks beyond her facade and he sees a brave woman, suffering but determined to die an honorable drug-free death. Although she puts forward a racist front, this too may be part of her fa�ade, as she still respects Atticus despite his more liberal views. c) Miss Maudie Atkinson: Miss Maudie is another of the Finch's neighbours. The family and Miss. Maudie are fond of each other and she is a generous neighbour, "I had always enjoyed the free run of Miss Maudie's yard" "our tacit treaty with Miss. Maudie was that we could play on her lawn, eat her scuppernongs if we didn't jump on the arbor." This shows her warm nature and fondness of the children. They often go to her for information on subjects their father preferred not to discuss e.g., The Radleys. ...read more.

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